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Man rescued after being hit by huge tidal surge on river in China

Man was among spectators watching the annual tidal bore on the Qiantang River in Zhejiang province

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 September, 2016, 12:51pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 September, 2016, 1:26pm

A man survived after he was knocked unconscious by a huge tidal bore that surged down a river in eastern China, according to a newspaper.

The man had come to see the huge waves that are created each year by tides on the Qiantang River in Zhejiang province, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

The man, whose full name was not given, was knocked unconscious by the wave and pushed up to five metres by the surging water before he was rescued by a police officer, the article said. It did not say how long he was in the water.

The huge tidal bore on the Qiantang is famous in China and usually occurs during the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

“I was trying to get away when they were yelling ‘the wave is coming’, but I was immediately hit by the strong wave and fainted,” the man was quoted as saying.

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The incident happened on Sunday and people’s belongings including umbrellas and boots were still scattered on the riverside the following day, the report said.

The policeman who rescued the man said others were struck to the ground by the wave the same day.

Thousands flock to the Qiantang River each year to watch the tidal bore.